2017 February Parent Guide
Supporting Our Teens’ Emotional Well-Being Featured on March 15
Teens today are faced with a variety of challenges. We invite you to join us the evening of March 15 to hear from local professionals about trends in teenage mental health. Topics include: national and local statistics, teen brain development and stressors, signs and symptoms of anxiety and depression, as well as an array of resources. Sponsored by the Counseling Department, the program will be held in the Connelly Campus Center from 7-8 p.m.
Updated TOLO Information
The 2017 TOLO dance will be held on Saturday, February 4 from 8-11 p.m. This year's dance has been slightly changed from previous year's TOLO dances. Here's what you can expect:
- The theme for the dance is...THE 80s (Sadies for the 80s)
- The evening will include: dancing, a photo booth, video games, carnival games, an 80s dance contest, an 80s costume contest, professional photos, and lots of fun!
- Tickets will be on sale this week during both lunches on Wednesday & Thursday for $10.
Philomathea and Lions Den
We Need You! Become involved as a parent volunteer at various events/activities at Bellarmine! Join Philomathea board members at a general information meeting on Monday, February 6th, 6;30 p.m. at the Aquinas/St. Leo Conference Room.
Volunteering at the Lions Den is one way to meet other parents - find out about other ways on Monday!
For more information, please contact Jenevie Llanes.
Philomathea is a Bellarmine parent group dedicated to assisting the school community’s efforts and providing the students with an education in the Jesuit tradition.
- Did you know that the Lions Den is the main fundraising arm of Philomathea?
- Philomathea, which is Greek for “Lover of Learning” is a Bellarmine Parent Service Organization to which all Bellarmine parents automatically belong.
- It was started years ago as the Bellamine’s Mothers’ Club, which got together once a month, went to Mass, held luncheons, card parties and created fundraisers which included Christmas boutiques and Fashion Shows.
- In 1985, they decided to start a student store and called it the Lions Den.
- They began the endeavor with about 15 volunteers, a few sweatshirts, supplies, balloons, and candy, operating only 2-3 days per week.
- Fast forward to today … The Lions Den is comprised of over 200 parent volunteers. Our store carries a variety of snack options, drinks, cup of noodles, and energy bars for our active teenagers.
- The Den strives to be open EVERY day, because of dedicated, wonderful parents like you!
Including the Lions Den, Philomathea has parent volunteers that assist our school in a variety of ways: Football Concessions, Wreath Sales, Hospitality – Open House & Parent Information Night, Grad Mass & Breakfast, and Teacher & Staff Appreciation Luncheon.
Volunteers needed at:
Parent Information Night - Thursday, March 9, 7-8:30pm
Teacher & Staff Appreciation - Wednesday, May 3, 10am-2pm
Graduation Mass & Breakfast - Thursday, June 1, 8am-12pm
Lions Den - Many shifts still available and volunteers needed to keep the Den open during school days!
To volunteer with any of the events above, please click here.
To volunteer at the Lions Den, please complete and submit Lions Den Volunteer Form
Course Registration for 2017-18 Will Begin February 14
Course registration for the 2017-18 school year will begin in Community Period on Tuesday, February 14. Click here for more details.
Spring Sports Physicals Due Feb. 16; Tryouts Begin February 27
Monday, February 27 is the first day of spring sports tryouts for baseball, fastpitch, boys lacrosse, girls lacrosse, boys & girls track and field, boys soccer and girls tennis. Click here for more details.
Drop/Add Classes Procedure
For information about adding or dropping a class for the second semester, click here.
Marine Chemistry Senior Symposiums
Marine Chemistry will be holding their senior symposiums on Feb. 2 & 9 at 6:30 p.m. in the Connelly Campus Center. More information on the Marine Chemistry program can be found here.
PAASA Meet and Greet
PAASA (Parents of African American Student Association) was created in 1996 by a group of concerned parents. PAASA is a network of parents supporting the intellectual/academic, social/emotional, spiritual and cultural development of underrepresented students at Bellarmine Preparatory school. They will have Meet & Greet Potluck event on Wednesday, February 8th at 6:30 p.m. in the Campus Center.
The President is Trenise Rogers, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reservations Due by Feb. 16 for Grandparents' Day on February 24
Last year's Grandparents' Day was incredibly successful, and we are expecting this year's event to be that and much more. This is a wonderful afternoon in which students can introduce their grandparents to the Bellarmine community. We ask that you encourage your student(s) to invite their grandparents to join them for lunch and a special visit to the Bellarmine campus. We also ask that you pre-purchase lunch for your parent(s) and student to better coordinate lunches and assure we have enough seating. This event typically sells out, so we encourage you to make reservations early. Reservations are required by Friday, February 16. We also need parent volunteers to make this day possible.
Learn more and make your reservations today.
Announcing the 2017 Bellarmine Gala March 18; Unlocking the Future
Preparations are underway for our annual PRIDE Auction, which we have rebranded the Bellarmine Gala. It will be an evening filled with excitement and festivities--but we need your help. The success of the auction relies heavily on the generosity of parents like you. Through the support of our community, our annual auction has become one of Bellarmine’s largest fundraisers. Proceeds from the auction help us to meet our operational budget, but most importantly allows us to provide a superior educational experience for the young men and women of Bellarmine.
Each family’s participation is critical to the success of the Gala. We invite you to make personal donations of cash, goods or services and/or reach out to your community of friends, family members and businesses you frequent for donations and return completed procurement forms by February 6. We thank you in advance for your generous gifts of time, talent and treasure. For donation ideas and volunteer opportunities (we’d love your help), please see the link below.
Find out more and how you can help.
Spring Play - Save the Date
The Spring play will take place March 9-12. For more information on Bellarmine's Drama Department, click here.
Save the Date - Supporting Our Needs, Emotional Well-Being
On March 15th from 7- 8 p.m., two mental health counselors will be presenting information on signs/symptoms of anxiety and depression, as well as helpful resources and guidance for all parents.
Attendance Reminders from Dean of Students
Every day at Bellarmine is an important academic time for your student. Parents should make every effort to schedule doctor and dental appointments, family vacation and other absences around the academic calendar. Please read a letter from the Dean of Students here about our Attendance Policy.
How Bellarmine Communicates with Students
Students at Bellarmine receive information about what is happening at the school in a variety of ways.
The two main platforms are:
- Lion Tracks – These are daily announcements which on B days are read to the students by their Community Period Teacher, and are also emailed to the students. Lion Tracks are the best way for students to stay up-to-date on school information.
- Campus Center Screens: The screens in the campus center display the daily announcements, which students can view during lunch time, passing periods, and before and after school.
Students wishing to make an all-school announcement must provide the information to Ms. Achziger for approval by email at email@example.com or in person in the Student Services Office in the Campus Center.
It is the responsibility of the student to read the announcements, and we encourage you to remind your student of this.
Senior Magis Retreat in Need of Parent Volunteers
We are in need of adult volunteers for our senior MAGIS retreat! The retreat is from Friday, March 24th (starts with 6pm dinner) through the morning of Monday, March 27th. The retreat is located in Bellevue.
The MAGIS invites students to encounter Jesus through the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius. To accept this invitation or for more information please email firstname.lastname@example.org by February 24th.
Freshmen Retreat Scheduled for March 6-7
A couple quick reminders to parents of freshmen: The upcoming Freshman Retreat, starting March 6 at 6 p.m. and ending March 7 at 2:50 p.m., is an overnight and all freshmen are expected to attend and stay for the entire retreat. A packing list and more information will be sent to freshmen February 24. We also need parent volunteers to supervise during the overnight portion of the retreat in the gym. Please contact Mr. Josh Barnes, Director of Student Ministry, at email@example.com with questions or if you would be willing to help supervise.
Bellarmine uses MOODLE as its course management system. Sign in for additional resources, online assignments and to stay in touch with your teachers and classmates. Click here to access MOODLE.
FamilyLink provides a convenient web service for checking students' progress. It displays current grades, attendance and demerits. It also shows a course history. Click here for more information on Family Link.
Sophomore Parent Night
February 7, 2017
7-8 p.m. - McAstocker Theater
Tuesday, February 7th is Sophomore Parent Night from 7:00-8:00 in the Theater. The Counseling Department will address the issues of the college search process, including the continued use of our Naviance College Search tool, standardized testing (including interpreting PSAT results) and summer opportunities. Our guest speaker for the evening is Dave Gunovich, Director of Admissions at Pacific Lutheran University.
Sophomore Service Plunge Applications
Sophomore Service Plunge Application: This retreat asks students to grapple with the hunger and poverty that exists here in Tacoma and in our world.
Sophomore Service Plunge Leader Application: Service Plunge Leaders pledge themselves to work hard to build student unity, encourage companionship, and model an attitude of reflection upon one’s life and relationship with God. The Plunge Leader should be a person who is committed to service and growth in his/her faith in Jesus Christ.
The dates of the Sophomore Service Plunge are February 25-26.
More information on Retreats
March SAT Registration Deadline
February 10th is the deadline to register for the March 11 SAT testing.
Junior retreats, the Men's Junior Encounter and the Women's Junior Encounter, are voluntary. They are three-day, overnight retreats on weekends away from campus and are designed to build community, strengthen self and deepen one's faith in God. The Encounters are offered six times throughout the school year.
Please note, the first Men's Encounter was rescheduled due to weather. It will now be held January 14-16. Here is a note from the director of the Men's Encounter:
Hey Bellarmine families, we are looking for some adult males willing and available to attend the Men's Junior Encounter this year. The new dates are December 3-5, January 14-16, and February 11-13. If you are interested or have contact info for someone who is, please contact Mark Modarelli (firstname.lastname@example.org
) or Tony Rehberger (email@example.com ). This amazing program needs your help, and now more than ever these young men need examples of maturity and adulthood.
Graduation Party Being Planned for Class of 2017
Graduation this year is Sunday, June 4. In keeping with tradition, the entire senior class has the opportunity to enjoy one another's company at one last class event. The 2017 Senior Graduation Party is a safe, memorable all-night graduation party. We are organizing this party now and are hoping that your senior student is planning to attend.
Click here for more information.
Scholarship Season for Seniors
This time of year is when seniors should be actively seeking out potential college scholarships and grants. Seniors and parents should be proactive in searching for the many different types of scholarships and grants available.If parents are seniors have any questions, they should contact one of the Bellarmine counselors, as they are a strong resource in helping students seek out these opportunities